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Along with the videotape, Roberts sent a five-page letter to the DA's office detailing his investigation and charging Garcia with violating Section 18203 of the California Election Code. The law states that "any person who files or submits for filing a declaration of candidacy knowing that it or any part of it has been made falsely is punishable by a fine or imprisonment or both."
Roberts had proved his case—or so he thought. On June 13, 2002—16 months after he filed his complaint—the DA's office suddenly dropped its investigation of Garcia.
Garcia failed to return several calls seeking his comment for this story, but Roberts says he believes Garcia received kid-glove treatment from prosecutors because of his ties to Los Amigos. Says Roberts, "It's still not going to stop me from going after politicians who breach the public trust."